Monday, March 18, 2024

Six spooky & fantastical missing-persons stories

Melissa Albert is the New York Times and indie bestselling author of the Hazel Wood series (The Hazel Wood, The Night Country, Tales from the Hinterland) and Our Crooked Hearts, and a former bookseller and YA lit blogger. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages and included in the New York Times list of Notable Children’s Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Albert's new novel is The Bad Ones.

At CrimeReads she tagged six "supernatural and horror-inflected stories in which vanishings drive the plot." One title on the list:
Knock Knock, Open Wide by Neil Sharpson

Twenty years ago college girl Etain left a party in the middle of the night, driving alone into the wilds of rural Ireland. She was found days later, forever changed by the nightmare she survived. What happened to her colors her entire future and that of her husband and daughters—one who vanished in childhood, the other, Ashling, marked by her toxic relationship with an alcoholic mother who can hardly bear to look at her since her other child vanished. But Ashling knows what no one will ever believe: her sister’s disappearance has everything to do with a local children’s television show and a box on set that must never be opened, containing the wicked entity that took her sister away. This is a family horror story threaded through with cult activity and terrifying Celtic mythology, its mysteries revealed with tantalizing precision.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue